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477th-Thank you for all you do

Chaplain Paul Mount from the 931st Air Refueling Wing McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, performed his annual tour with the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, from July10-20, 2017.

Chaplain Paul Mount from the 931st Air Refueling Wing McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, performed his annual tour with the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, from July10-20, 2017.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska --

To the men and women of the 477th Fighter Group I would like to take a moment and say thank you for everything you do. It is because of your selfless acts of service and dedication to the United States Air Force and to your country that people all over the world are able to sleep comfortably at night knowing that as we sleep you are there keeping a watchful eye, you are the sword and avenger.  

From my family and me to each of yours, we are deeply indebted to you for your faithful service. As my time here comes to a close, I want to first say thank you for your gracious hospitality. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to come and serve alongside each of you. This experience has been invaluable to me and one I will never forget. In life, we often times take things for granted but as I get older I am reminded that life is a precious gift and should not be taken for granted. I know what it’s like to be away from family for long periods of time as I have been away from mine multiple times as well. I just want to encourage each of you to spend as much time as possible as you can with them.  

We are never promised tomorrow so as you think about all that is going on in your life please take a moment to reflect back on what is truly important and hang on to those joyous and happy memories. For me, as I go through some difficult times it’s my faith that keeps me going. However, it may be something different for someone else. Whatever brings you joy, peace, and happiness hold on to that because those things will help you get through those difficult times in life.  A motto of mine is “Don’t sweat the small things because everything is small.” Sometimes we get knocked down because of something difficult and I encourage you to get back up and keep going. Persevere through those times of trials and I can ensure you, you will come out on top.  

Thank you all for your faithful service, has truly been an honor and privilege to serve alongside you these past two weeks and I wish you all much success.